Reading Nehemiah today and I was loving how Nehemiah started leading by empowering his people and giving them ownership of the project. Building the wall was not easy. The wall had been destroyed. But the mandate had been set and the workers built and built on the wall. After they had gained some momentum, their enemies started to hear about the fact they had rebuilt large portions of the wall and felt it was time to slow down progress. The enemies had Nehemiah and his men surrounded and planned to go in and kill them. Nehemiah decided the best way to protect the wall, and everything in it, was to plant guard in the weak places. Plant the guards and not only put them in these places but put their families there with them. This became their land. The call to action by Nehemiah was simple: “Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”  

Nehemiah knew that if people where fighting for the things they loved, the things that mattered to them, they would be more apt to win and fight with abandon. When people take ownership in things their level of commitment skyrockets. From church organization, to social cause, marriage, to your job, having ownership alters your approach and your perception of each project. align yourself with things bigger than you, but also things that allow you to dive so deep you take ownership of these projects. Don’t look for a job, find something that you love to do so that you will get paid to do the things you love.